After the Midterms, One Party Controls All the Wealthiest Congressional Districts

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Money and politics have become inseparable in America, with elections and campaigns more expensive than ever, especially in light of the 2018 midterm elections. Super PACs, although barred from coordinating with politicians directly, can help raise millions of dollars for a campaign and singlehandedly sway the outcome of an election.

GOBankingRates explored the connection between politics and money in a new analysis that determined the wealthiest congressional districts in the U.S. after the 2018 midterm election results came in. The report analyzed all 435 congressional districts in the nation, using income data sourced from the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey.

Although Florida has plenty of wealthy individuals, incomes in the state are quite low, overall. Low incomes bring down the median income of the population. Add on the manner in which congressional districts are drawn, and the result is that Florida is not among the wealthiest in the U.S.

Keep reading to find out where the richest congressional districts are in America — and which party represents them.

Top 10 Wealthiest Congressional Districts in the US

California, New Jersey, New York and Virginia dominated the top 10 wealthiest congressional districts. Out of the wealthiest 50 districts, 13 are located in California; eight are in New York; five in New Jersey; and four in Virginia. Massachusetts, which didn’t make the top 10, still sports four of the nation’s richest congressional districts.

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Here are the 10 richest congressional districts in the U.S. by median household income:

  1. Congressional District 10, Virginia: $116,069 | Democrat
  2. Congressional District 18, California: $112,702 | Democrat
  3. Congressional District 17, California: $107,946 | Democrat
  4. Congressional District 11, Virginia: $105,024 | Democrat
  5. Congressional District 7, New Jersey: $104,987 | Democrat
  6. Congressional District 3, New York: $104,805 | Democrat
  7. Congressional District 11, New Jersey: $103,419 | Democrat
  8. Congressional District 8, Virginia: $100,649 | Democrat
  9. Congressional District 33, California: $99,902 | Democrat
  10. Congressional District 8, Maryland: $97,663 | Democrat

Virginia’s 10th Congressional District is the wealthiest in the country and will now be represented by the Democratic Party. This sprawling district in Northern Virginia is home to some towns well-known for their affluence. Great Falls boasts a median household income of $230,304, according to the Census Bureau. McLean isn’t too shabby, either, at $190,258. Newly elected Democrat Jennifer Wexton represents the district.

California’s 17th and 18th Districts can be found in the San Francisco Bay Area. The 17th District includes Cupertino, Fremont, Santa Clara, San Jose and Sunnyvale, places that are well-known for surging home values and tech industry wealth. The same goes for the 18th District, which covers Mountain View, Palo Alto, Redwood City and Santa Cruz. California’s 33rd District is in Southern California and stretches from Malibu in the northwest to Ranchos Palos Verdes in the southeast, covering all the wealthiest parts of Los Angeles.

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List of the Richest Congressional Districts in the US

Among the top 10 richest congressional districts, Democrats now represent all 10. Out of the 50 richest districts, Democrats have 41 to Republicans’ nine.

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Check out the 50 wealthiest congressional districts in the nation:

50 Wealthiest Congressional Districts in the US

State District Median Household Income Representative Party
1 VA 10th $116,069 Jennifer Wexton Democrat
2 CA 18th $112,702 Anna Eshoo Democrat
3 CA 17th $107,946 Ro Khanna Democrat
4 VA 11th $105,024 Gerald Connolly Democrat
5 NJ 7th $104,987 Tom Malinowski Democrat
6 NY 3rd $104,805 Thomas Suozzi Democrat
7 NJ 11th $103,419 Mikie Sherrill Democrat
8 VA 8th $100,649 Donald Beyer Democrat
9 CA 33rd $99,902 Ted Lieu Democrat
10 MD 8th $97,663 Jamie Raskin Democrat
11 CA 15th $97,232 Eric Swalwell Democrat
12 NY 4th $96,078 Kathleen Rice Democrat
13 NJ 5th $95,701 Josh Gottheimer Democrat
14 CA 45th $93,995 Mimi Walters Republican
15 IL 6th $93,839 Sean Casten Democrat
16 CA 14th $93,666 Jackie Speier Democrat
17 NY 12th $93,559 Carolyn Maloney Democrat
18 MD 5th $92,295 Steny Hoyer Democrat
19 NY 17th $91,734 Nita Lowey Democrat
20 MA 4th $91,203 Joseph Kennedy III Democrat
21 NY 2nd $90,614 Peter King Republican
22 TX 22nd $90,194 Pete Olson Republican
23 CT 4th $90,142 James Himes Democrat
24 CA 12th $88,364 Nancy Pelosi Democrat
25 NY 1st $88,242 Lee Zeldin Republican
26 TX 3rd $86,783 Van Taylor Republican
27 IL 14th $86,449 Lauren Underwood Democrat
28 MA 5th $86,416 Katherine Clark Democrat
29 CA 52nd $86,174 Scott Peters Democrat
30 WA 1st $85,293 Suzan DelBene Democrat
31 CA 19th $85,010 Zoe Lofgren Democrat
32 CA 48th $83,894 Harley Rouda Democrat
33 PA 7th $82,483 Susan Wild Democrat
34 GA 6th $82,390 Lucy McBath Democrat
35 NY 10th $81,814 Jerrold Nadler Democrat
36 MN 3rd $81,804 Dean Phillips Democrat
37 MA 6th $81,711 Seth Moulton Democrat
38 TX 26th $81,425 Michael Burgess Republican
39 NJ 12th $81,115 Bonnie Watson Coleman Democrat
40 MD 3rd $81,032 John Sarbanes Democrat
41 CA 39th $80,844 Young Kim Republican
42 VA 1st $80,492 Robert Wittman Republican
43 PA 8th $79,615 Matt Cartwright Democrat
44 NY 18th $79,539 Sean Maloney Democrat
45 MA 8th $78,995 Stephen Lynch Democrat
46 CA 11th $78,487 Mark DeSaulnier Democrat
47 NJ 4th $77,685 Christopher “Chris” Smith Republican
48 PA 6th $77,580 Chrissy Houlahan Democrat
49 CA 49th $77,558 Mike Levin (projected win) Democrat
50 MN 2nd $77,468 Angie Craig Democrat

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Methodology: The study analyzed every congressional district in all 50 states, determining the wealthiest congressional districts based on the highest median household income, sourced from the Census Bureau’s 2016 American Community Survey. The mean household income was included in our data for representational purposes. Information on representatives and political parties was sourced from GovTrack.

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